Suspending FEHB


Q. I am recently retired from the reserves, and I am now on Tricare. I have Mail Handlers insurance, but I do not and cannot afford them both. Can I drop Federal Employees Health Benefits before open season? I saw in the questions about a suspension form, but it did not specify whether you only could do this at open season or not.

A. You may suspend your FEHB coverage at any time by completing the suspension form, found at, and sending it to the Office of Personnel Management.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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